The WireMarch 1, 2008 By: American Salon Staff American Salon
All three of Liguori's children are now also a part of the Scruples business. According to his daughter Tracy, the company's marketing director, "Running a family business takes a great deal of balance, cooperation and compromise, but it is also marked by much love and pride in what we do and all that we're trying to accomplishtogether."?—NATALIE GONZALEZ
BennieFactor Launches Exclusive Club
Bennie Pollard and BennieFactor Products recently launched a membership club called Very Important BennieFactor Enthusiasts (V.I.B.E.). This new and exclusive club keeps its members a step ahead of the competition by providing them with an understanding of design principles, instilling business values and assisting in the development of their chosen hairdressing field. Members receive benefits like special prices on BennieFactor products, free access to the Living Lab seminar and an invitation to the biannual V.I.B.E. awareness private-education session. For more information, visit benniefactor.com or call 866/277-4448. —N.G.
A NAHA award-winning style from Bennie Pollard.
OPI Academy Takes its Tips on Tour
OPI has just scheduled its workshop tour dates for 2008. The OPI workshop offers nail professionals the chance to learn new and fast techniques while also teaching the keys to success in building a salon business. "OPI is committed to the ongoing education of nail professionals," said Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI executive vice president and artistic director. Participants get a chance to work one-on-one with John Hauk, the man who led Team OPI to win the 2007 NailPro Cup. Every workshop attendee will get an Absolute Intro Kit and an OPI Professional Files Sampler–all of this for the $50 tuition fee. OPI International Spokesperson Joey Brown will make sure all attendees leave with helpful tips. For tour dates, visit opi.com or call 800/341-9999. —N.G.
clockwise, from above: Joey Brown, OPI international spokesperson; John Hauk, award-winning nail competitor; Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI executive vice president and artistic director.
Beloved Michigan Consultant Retires
After 45 of years of working as a salon consultant, Glen Griffore plans to retire following his 65th birthday in April. The Michigan native started his career in the beauty industry straight out of high school in 1962, when he worked as a delivery boy for his family's business, Glamour Beauty. Since then, he has served a short stand in the National Guard and later moved on to work for Maly's beauty supply, his current employer, in Michigan. "I felt lucky to get in with Maly's because they are a progressive company," Griffore said. He has been working with them since 1985.
On average, Griffore visits a whopping 12 to 15 salons a day and drives about 1,100 miles a week, rain or shine. He tries to reach each and every one of his 150 salon clients biweekly. After so many years with the same clients, strong ties and friendships have developed. "I like being able to see a salon grow," Griffore said. "Some of my clients are like family to me."